Shipping Your Motorcycle

Shipping Your Motorcycle

Whether you’re looking to buy a motorcycle on the other side of the country, moving to another state or simply wish to have it shipped to a special event, Yellowfin can provide you with offers from numerous specialist transporters that provide expert solutions at an affordable rate without sacrificing on your security or schedule priorities.

It’s always tempting to go with a company that offers you the lowest rate, however we would always recommend that a company’s reputation and experience be the more trusted metric when choosing your transporter. As a rule of thumb, company’s with expertise in motorcycle shipping will officially be licensed to do so through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These company’s will also have invested in the specialized equipment required to ship your vehicle appropriately.

There are two main methods to shipping your motorcycle domestically:

Enclosed Trailers

An enclosed trailer is always the most expensive option out of the two. It does, however, offer much more protection and security from theft and damage. Many enclosed trailers will have a soft-tie strapping system with air-ride suspension. This will mean that there would be less shock on your bike during transit.

This would be the best choice for you if you’re:

  • Shipping an expensive or fragile motorcycle
  • Shipping over a long distance
  • Not needing delivery by a specific date

Open Trailers

Open trailers are a popular option as they are economical, secure and easier to book. Your motorcycle will, however, be more susceptible to weather and debris damage.

This option is best if you’re:

  • Shipping over a short distance
  • On a strict deadline

Your motorcycle will be covered by the insurance held by the Carrier. It’s always a good idea, however, to discuss any limits to the coverage that is provided. Should you wish to add additional coverage for your vehicle, your transport company should be able to assist you with this prior to the pick-up date.

Each motorcycle transport company brings something to the table that it’s competitors don’t. This will mean that their appeal will depend on the different needs of each customer. For a detailed assessment of your requirements, get in touch with your Yellowfin Advisor who will ensure that you’re matched with the best bike hauler for your unique transport needs.

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